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Showing posts from June, 2008

Portrait of Paul Watercolor Painting

This is a portrait I did for the Wet Canvas weekend drawing event. It's a 7 X 10" in watercolor. There are at least six different colors used in the skin tones of his face. "We often think that when we have completed our study on one, we know all about two, because "two is one and one." We forget that we have still to make a study of 'and'." --Sir Arthur Eddington In Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey's book "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" the human body is compared to the church body. He talks about the importance of diversity of individuals within God's body... and the "motley crew" that God picked throughout the Bible to accomplish what he wanted, with many examples and this.... "A color on a canvas can be beautiful in itself. However, the artist excels, not by slathering one color across the canvas, but by positioning it between contrasting or complementing hues. The original color then derives richness

Lotus Blossoms Watercolor Painting

This is a 9 X 12" watercolor on Arches 300 lb paper. $162 with double mat and frame Please email me to purchase; all major credit cards through Paypal are accepted through their secure site. I might like to try this in a very large version.... Today is the celebration of my great grandson's birthday ~~hard to believe "great", especially for myself~~~ so my thought for today..... "When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter." .....Albert Camus

Swan #3 Watercolor Painting

This swan traveled from the other side of the pond to where we were sitting, thinking we had food. Unfortunately, and despite the signs saying not to, a lot of people are feeding the water fowl on this nearby pond. 8 X 10" watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper Thought for today is on relationships and from a book called "Codependent No More" by Melodie Beattie... "Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death." ...Colette Dowling.

Old Pot Watercolor Painting

This painting was inspired by an interesting blog I read recently by Barbara Hartsook on coveting old crockery that started me thinking, and about this reference photo I had taken on one of my walks on Block Island last September. I wondered who put that pot there on that stone wall,neglected like the flower garden around the stone wall. It didn't seem random. It makes a statement. My thought today .... "There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." ...Douglas Everett This is a 10 X 14" watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper Please email me if you have questions regarding my work or if you would like to make a purchase.

Waterfire #3 Watercolor Painting

Tonight there is another lighting of the fires that run the length of the waterways through the city of Providence and under the mall. " Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too. " ....Annie Bevan Watercolor, 10 x 14" artwork size on Arches watercolor 140 lb paper $210 with double mat and frame. If you have any questions, please email me at

Mother & Baby Zebra Watercolor Painting

This is 10 X 14" using a softer background for the subject. This was last spring in the Roger Williams Zoo...the baby is now gone. Thought for today: "God asks no man whether he will accept life. You must take it. The only choice is how." Henry Ward Beecher After reading a very good book 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini, about two women friends in Afghanastan and how they endured such sorrow in their lives, this quote really strikes home. And... their plight there continues... with the newspaper yesterday reporting the Taliban is setting up camp and sending the farmers/villagers away.

Psychedelic Zebras #2 Watercolor Painting

This is a larger 14 X 20" watercolor painting of zebras, but without the tree splitting the painting in half. Another example of "just because it's there, you don't have to put it in" --to make the composition better for your painting. This painting is an example of what happens when you haven't seen the sun in five days! My thought today is on our own uniqueness and is from Max Lucado from "Cure For The Common Life" .... He is talking about David going mano a mano with Goliath. Goliath dressed in all his armor, over 9 feet tall, and David with a sling shot. "...a VW bug playing blink with an eighteen wheeler, a salmon daring the grizzly to bring it on. But David rejected the armor, selected the stones, lobotomized the giant, and taught us a powerful lesson: what fits others might not fit you....Just because someone gives you advice, a job, or a promotion, you don't have to accept it. Let your uniqueness define your path. "

Psychedelic Zebras Watercolor Painting

This is an 8 X 10" Watercolor done on Arches 140 lb paper. This is something very different for me, but I didn't want to paint the boring back ground these two were in. I think that it sets off a nice tension to the intense stripes of the zebra. I am in the process of painting this in a larger painting now, and I'm removing the tree in the should be done by tomorrow. Hopefully. This is a quote from a previous blog entry but it fits here: "Of all we don't know about the creation, there is one thing we do know-- he did it with a smile.... Painting the stripes on the zebra... putting the gold in the sunset.... Stretching the neck of the giraffe, putting the flutter in the mockingbird's wings, planting the giggle in the hyena... Like a whistling carpenter in his workshop, he loved every bit of it. He poured himself into the work." from Max Lucado's "No Wonder They Call Him a Savior"

Coffee press Watercolor Painting

Watercolor approximately 7 x 7" finished today. Thought for today is on friendship...over a cup of coffee.... "I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay. " Dave Matthews Band

Goat Watercolor Painting

I could not resist this cute little guy, which was another of the great reference photos on Wet Canvas from last Friday. 5 X 7 Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper finished last evening. Thoughts on living transparently....letting others see our "shabbiness" as she says in the Velveteen Woman, our faults, helps people to feel more comfortable. Boasting about our strengths and accomplishments builds a wall. The things that keep us from living this way are shame and insecurity. It made me think of this poem.... " Outwitted He drew a circle that shut me out-- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in!" Edwin Markham

Woman Playing Kecapi Watercolor Painting

This is the last of the Thailand series, I think. Not sure if this is finished....would love to know what this instrument sounds like. 5 X 7 " along with the others, watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper One good thing about music, Well, it helps you feel no pain. So hit me with music; Hit me with music now. ....Bob Marley

Guitar Player Watercolor Painting

" Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents. " . ...Ludwig van Beethoven This is outside of a restaurant in Thailand...there is another image that goes with this one. 5 x 7" watercolor on Arches 140lb paper

Monkey See, Monkey Do Watercolor Painting

As promised, this is a little guy from Thailand peering out at you.... He's a good match to the smiley faces from yesterday. SOLD “ Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.” Dr Seuss quote If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old. Edgar Watson Howe Watercolor, 5 x7" on arches 140 lb paper

Happy Faces Watercolor Painting

Over the next few days I will be posting some paintings finished this weekend from a weekend drawing event at Wet Canvas hosted by a member from and with some great photos from Thailand. We'll start with these happy faces to greet your day. I hope they make you smile. "Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely.". .. Winston Churchill "Happy Faces" Watercolor, 5 X 7" on arches 140 lb paper

Signs of Spring Watercolor Painting

It was a surprise when I found the two swans facing each other with the heart shape when I cropped my reference photo for this painting. This is Slater Park, just outside the Watercolor Society's building. " Serendipity is God's way of remaining anonymous." author unknown Watercolor, 10 X 14" on 300 lb arches paper, $210 with double mat and frame. Please email me with any questions about my artwork at

Mother and child Watercolor Painting

This is a watercolor just finished tonight - 10.5 " X 11" on arches 140 lb paper. When I look at this cherub face I think of another Son, and not mother, but Father, and the sacrifice he made for us all.... Imagine how enormous God's heart is for us to do that. " The Son of Man...came to serve others and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28

The arc-de-triomphe Watercolor Painting

This is a watercolor wash for the background, and "liquid pencil" graphite in grey and sepia for the rest. 8 x 10" artwork size A monument to the Napoleon Kings, with the tomb of the unknown soldier in World War I. My thought today, on danger and this quote: " The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions." ...Alfred Adler

Kitty Pals Watercolor Painting

Done from a reference photo on Wet Canvas for a weekend drawing event, this is 7.5 x 7.5" watercolor. I used a soft emerald green and cobalt violet for the grey in one, and added yellow to that for some of the areas in the other, to make the effect soft. My thought for today is on the masks we sometimes wear and being "real". "He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real, shabbiness doesn't can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." .... from the "Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams What is real? the author of "The Velveteen Woman", Brenda Waggoner asks, ....and answers: " The journey to Real begins with a glimpse of God's love, and it ends with knowing---REALLY knowing---we are loved." And don't mistake religion as glimpsing God's love. I love this quote from later on in her book, " Religion is for pe